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A great cultural renaissance began in North Bali in the early years of the twentieth century, after Dutch completed their take over of Bali in 1908 and make Singaraja, capital city of Buleleng, became the seat of the Dutch colonial administration.

Many new gamelan and dance clubs were founded and creative activity flourished. Among the forms newly created or reinvigorated was one which take all Bali by storm, Kebyar. It source was Legong, but its inspiration was competitive pride.

In 1914, Jagaraga contributed the Kebyar Legong, a dance performed by two young women dressed in men's clothing, who interpreted the music of the accompanying orchestra in a pure dance medium. There was no plot, but the dancers presented a kind of character study of a young man.

Modern kebyar grew out of a combination of the ideas proposed by the two groups (Jagaraga and Bungkulan). The new musical ideas in particular swept quickly over the entire island of Bali.

Kebyar (lightning) style is florid, complex, dynamic, and highly embellished. Compared to the traditional gamelan music it sounds almost supercharged.

Find out more about the new Kebyar dance development : Kebyar Duduk, Panji Semirang, Margapati, Wiranata and Yudapati, Oleg Tamulilingan.

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